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Raleigh City Council approves issuing bonds

Posted May 20, 2014

— The City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to move forward with issuing up to $15.3 million in bonds for special projects, including the redesign of Moore Square.

Officials want to use up to $12.6 million on the new park design downtown and up to $2.7 million to replace Fire Station No. 6 on Fairview Road.

In other business, the council approved a revised master plan for John Chavis Memorial Park, at 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Plans for the 29-acre park call for replacing the pool and community center, putting in multi-use courts, tennis courts and an enhanced track and field area, replacing the playground, increasing connectivity to and through the park and creek access, visibility and environmental education opportunities.

The council also directed city staff to help promote “Shop Local Raleigh,” an initiative of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association to encourage patronage of locally owned businesses. Council members also directed the city's Purchasing and Economic Development divisions to educate local businesses on how to do business with the city.

Plans to appoint a task force to review window signage regulations were postponed until the council's June 3 meeting.

Finally, the council declared Raleigh a "welcoming city" for immigrants, recognizing the culture and economic boost from new businesses and workers and committing to creating a supportive environment.


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  • Arthur Raleigh May 21, 2014
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    Moore's Square is a State property and park. The City of Raleigh and its residents should not pay for it!!

  • TVs_Deceit May 21, 2014

    Yes, let's welcome more workers looking for a job even if they're here in the country illegally. - That's sounds like a wonderful idea only to people who already have a job like the city council members.

  • Forthe Newssite May 21, 2014
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    do we get to vote on these bonds? Have we already voted and I missed it?

    are they just being shoved down our virtual throats-i.e.pocketbooks?